The Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) has named Steve McQueen’s study of Bobby Sands’ last days, Hunger, as the best Irish film of 2008, narrowly beating Lance Daly’s Dublin-based Kisses to the top spot. The other Irish film gaining recognition was Liam Nolan’s and Ross Whitaker’s study of St. Saviour’s Olympic Boxing Academy in north Dublin, Saviours.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood was a comfortable winner in the main category.
The best acting awards were won by Kristin Scott Thomas, for her role in the French drama I’ve Loved You So Long, and Daniel Day-Lewis was honoured for his performance in There Will Be Blood.
McQueen, originally a gallery-based visual artist, won the award for best breakthrough and playwright Martin McDonagh was runner-up for In Bruges. Other films attracting attention included The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, No Country for Old Men and Nadine Labaki’s first feature-film Caramel.
The DFCC, which polls professional critics in the capital, limits its selection to those films released in Ireland during the calendar year. The DFCC was set up three years ago to represent established print and broadcast reviewers.
For a full listing of all the winners, click here.